Mira Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – Give Them What They Want

Make someone’s holiday special.

95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California.

SRP of $48 (Saturday Splurge) and available directly from Mira Winery. Sample received for review purposes.

From the bottle:

“We believe wine is a story of the land and the place in which it grew. It’s the story of the people who coax it into being — of the sunshine, winds, and seasons that give it its personality. Wine is an invitation – to enjoyment, to the telling of tales, to the sharing of the stories and folklore that make us who we are.

14.8% Alcohol”

Yes, I do realize the price on this wine is a stretch even by our Saturday Splurge standards but let me explain. While I still firmly believe there’s no need to spend over $20 and regularly thumb my nose at wines in that price category, there is still plenty of good wine above our price point. And while I may not purchase much wine over $20 for myself, gift giving is another matter.

If you’re like me you may have a few wine loving friends that simply insist on spending more than $20 a bottle. And while I applaud efforts to try and convert them to our ways, or even at the very least get them to grudgingly admit wine under $20 can be “OK”, gift giving at the holidays is not the time to do it. I say give them what they want, it is a gift after all! And so to aid you in these efforts I’ll be highlighting a handful of Saturday Splurge wines leading up to Christmas that are a bit outside our normal price range, I hope you’ll bear with me and even find this helpful!

First up comes a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley (primarily Rutherford). At only 129 cases produced the Mira Cabernet comes with a level of exclusivity your gift recipient will surely appreciate. And regardless of the price, this wine is really fantastic.

The 2008 Mira Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon begins with aromas of succulent dark fruit, wonderful spice, tantalizing sweet caramel notes and a hint of cinnamon. Lovely, lovely, lovely – I might be smelling this one in my dreams! The wine tastes excellent with blackberry, plum, a bit of those sweet caramel notes from the bouquet and some oaky highlights. It also has a smooth texture with a fantastic mouthfeel thanks to the silky and even a bit dusty tannins. It ends with a very long finish featuring a wonderful burst of peppery spice, more fruit and finally some mocha notes. And all of this is even better on day 2. Fabulous for drinking now, and likely even better with a few more years of bottle age.

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